Synthetic vision cockpit display in the Research Flight Deck simulator at NASA’s Langley Research Center. (NASA/Langley Research Center)

NASA and Boeing are working together under a new Space Act Agreement to improve flight training and aviation safety using NASA’s synthetic vision technologies and Boeing’s 787 simulators. Synthetic vision technologies are essentially weather-immune displays that allow pilots to see what the world looks like in perfect weather conditions all the time.

It’s a powerful tool that can effectively negate the visual penalties associated with even severe weather in a clear, intuitive manner. The technology offers the potential to improve aviation system safety and increase the efficiency of aircraft operations. Testing at Boeing’s Miami training facilities will begin in late 2017.